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I love to feature other women who have communities with aligned values to In Her Circle, and this week, our #wingwoman is Celi Baker, owner of Soul Trips. Celi runs wellness retreats all over the world called "Soul Trips" -- they are group trips for women that want to explore beautiful destinations, connect with themselves and others, and give to communities through volunteer work. In our interview, Celi shares how important commitment is in her relationships, why it's okay to say "no" when you want to, and how her mom is her biggest hero. Continue reading to learn all about Celi!



1. What makes you happy?


Going to a beach. That’s my favorite place!

Eating Venezuelan food. 

Talking to old friends. 

Spending time with my mom. 


2. What advice would you give your younger self?


Spend more time building a solid relationship with your dad because he will be gone before you know it. Enjoy your time with family and give them everything you can sooner rather than later.  3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?


Poverty, which leads to lack of education, bad nutrition, lack of resources, etc. If we all had enough to get by, the world would be a much richer place in many ways.


4. How did you find your purpose?


I found it by traveling the world and volunteering in the most heartbreaking yet beautiful places in the world, where people live in slums but smile and enjoy life as if they were rich. They are rich in a way. 

I am still trying to define my purpose I think. For now, my purpose is to continue building a business that offers opportunities for people to help others through volunteerism, and themselves through traveling, exploring, giving, and connecting.


5. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?


Lack of commitment. When I say I am going to do something, I do it. I don’t get along well with people that say things and never follow through, it makes me feel they are not being honest with me or themselves. 


6. What have you learned from past friendships that didn't work out?


I’ve learned two very valuable lessons. Never go into business with a friend without talking about expectations if the business doesn’t work out, and, it’s ok to say no to friends when you want to say no. 


7. Who are your SHEros (AKA female heroes)?


Sounds really cliche, but, my mom. She has gone through so much and still gets up every day with the best attitude there is. 


8. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?


I am not much of a reader to be honest with you. I am listening to two podcasts in Spanish (my first language): 

- Cafecito Emocional (Emotional Coffee) a podcast about emotions, how to deal with them, mental health, etc.

- En Defensa Propia (In self Defense) a podcast about becoming an entrepreneur, and how we had to re-invent ourselves after immigrating to a new country.


9. Where can we find you?


You can find me on Instagram as @celibaker and my business @mysoultrips. Or at the email travel@mysoultrips.com

Happy Friday! We have a brand new #wingwoman for you to meet this week - it's Winni Gill! Winni is a multi-passionate creative who teaches by day and has TWO side hustles by night. As a full-time teacher, being away from her students for so long during quarantine made space for her to create Perfect Petals YYC and Gather & Graze YYC. With each of these businesses, she is able to create flower arrangements and food boards with love and spread kindness all over #YYC. In our interview, Winni shares how she believes spending money on experiences outweighs the material, how it is okay to embrace multiple passions, and how open and clear communication is key to strong relationships. Continue reading to learn all about Winni!



1. What makes you happy?


Quality time with loved ones. Whether it’s out and about or a quiet night at home, just being in their presence.


2. What advice would you give your younger self?


I would advise my younger self to spend more money on experiences than material things. Things lose their value and meaning over time, people and places don’t. 3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?


If I could magically solve one problem in the world, it would be child abuse. As a teacher, the stories I’ve come to know shake me to my core. If I could just make it go away, I would.


4. How did you find your purpose?


I think we have multiple purposes. I knew my purpose in life was to help others – how exactly I would do that, took some thinking. It’s important to know your purpose but also your boundaries. I wanted to having a career where I knew what I did daily made a difference, but I also knew I couldn’t handle more serious situations everyday (doctors, lawyers, social workers, etc). Teaching allows me to build meaningful, long term relationships and make a difference, but also have fun! It’s never a dull day.


5. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?


My biggest pain point in building relationships would definitely be time and communication. Relationships require time and space to grow and strengthen. This done mainly done through spending time with each other or through communicating with each other. My schedule is jam packed, to say the least. A simple text back or an evening out together requires scheduling weeks in advance and I know that is super hard for some in my circle to understanding.  


6. What have you learned from past friendships that didn't work out?


Not all friendships last forever. They aren’t meant to. As we get older, we may go down different paths based on personal relationships, careers, interests, etc., and that’s okay.


7. Who are your SHEros (AKA female heroes)?


Michelle Obama. She is educated, fierce, and kind. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it.


8. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?


Honestly, I would love to share some inspiring ideas here, but I have nothing. The only books I have time to read are the ones I read to my students.


9. Where can we find you?


You can find me either in front of my laptop, at school, or local flower farms. I’m always on the go!

You can also find me on Instagram:

@perfectpetalsyyc

@gatherandgrazeyyc

Hello October, and hello, Seema! This week's #wingwoman is a personal coach, a professional artist, and a mom to four kids. Seema helps women reconnect with themselves by empowering them to gain emotional mastery and to live soulfully. In our interview, Seema shares how she believes that there are no regrets, only lessons, how she loves authentic, soulful connections, and how she wants to help others achieve more soulful living. Continue reading to learn all about Seema!



1. What makes you happy?


Serving, Contributing, Creating Art, Being in Nature, soulful connections.


2. What advice would you give your younger self?


Don't worry about perfectionism or people pleasing. Find yourself, get to know the truth about you and love all parts of you wholeheartedly. Follow your passions.. People will follow... (I got to this knowing in my 30s)


3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?


Other than poverty...on an actionable, mindset level, how people parent their children. And of course, for that they will need inner deep work. I want to bring about consciousness and awareness to see more soulful living in this world that is now controlled by devices, oblivion and wastefulness. 


4. How did you find your purpose?


By digging deep within. I'm a highly intuitive person. For me to not be connected to my true calling, my passion and bigger purpose, was innately becoming impossible. I allowed myself to break through limitations and open myself to opportunities as I faced my fears courageously.


5. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?


Personally, as a highly passionate individual, I find I struggle with expectations from others as I go deep and love meaningful connections with people. I love authentic and soulful connections and it is hard to find at times. It pains me to be misunderstood and I have worked on my communication skills to improve relationships.


6. What have you learned from past friendships that didn't work out?


Never give away too much information, trust within reason, and have good boundaries. If they choose to misunderstand, judge, or become jealous, it's their act and has nothing to do with me, as long as I was truthful and authentic. So no regrets, only lessons. No hate towards anyone, but I choose my influence wisely.


7. Who are your SHEros (AKA female heroes)?


Too many! In the coaching space alone, Mel Robbins, Christine Hastler, Marissa Peer, Bernadette Logue, Maya Angelou.


8. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?


Podcasts-Over it and on with it, NLP in Action, The Life Coach school, among others

Books- If the Oceans were ink, and High performance Habits (reference for a while now)


9. Where can we find you?


Sisterinfocus.com

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www.instagram.com/sisterinfocus.lifecoach

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